Microsoft Office 2019: Preview version is online

Microsoft Office 2019

Still scheduled for an upcoming release this year, the Microsoft Office 2019 suite is taking its first steps.

In a post on its official blog, Microsoft announces that Preview versions of its famous software are available to business users.

More powerful, more ergonomic, more secure. The Office 2019 suite relies on this trio of superlatives to convince.

Reserved for Microsoft Business customers, the Office 2019 Preview is available since last Friday and allows you to taste the many new features of this new version.

As the Microsoft blog post makes clear, the American firm is primarily targeting companies that have not yet switched to Office 365. Microsoft seems indeed to want to push its customers to pass the Cape of the Cloud, which has a more profitable business model in the long term: the subscription.

What’s new for Office 2019?

excel in actionSince Friday, Business users of the Office suite can test new software Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Publisher, Access, Project, Visio and OneNote.

Exclusively available for Windows 10 (a macOS version will follow), this new version focuses on very technical innovations. It will include a more accessible pencil case, making it easier to annotate any document. The use of a stylus or a tablet will be facilitated through all the applications of the suite.

Excel, for its part, will benefit from new formulas, but mainly from brand new diagrams. For example, you can opt for tunnel displays or 2D maps.

PowerPoint, finally, will offer new and modern presentation possibilities.

The final version of Office 2019 will also contain revised iterations of Exchange, SharePoint, Project Server and Skype for Business.

Available only on Windows

To develop the use of Windows 10, especially in companies, Microsoft announced on February 1, 2018, that its new Office 2019 package would not be supported by Windows 7 or Windows 8.1.

The restriction of software to Windows 10 and the use of Click-to-Run installation files are gradually removing users from older operating systems.

An exclusive update

Only Windows 10 users will be able to benefit from the update of the Office Pack, according to the announcement made by Microsoft on February 1. The software, which should be released in the second half of 2018, therefore puts aside users of Windows 8.1 and especially Windows 7, still numerous. In January 2018, NetMarketShare referenced more than 44% of users on Windows 7.

The computer giant tends to make old versions of its operating system obsolete to force companies to get the most recent one. For individuals, the alternative is to continue using Office 2013 or 2016.